Our services are centred around intellectual property that can be registered. We protect innovation, design, and branding across all sectors of industry, and at all stages in the supply chain.

For each IP right we offer services covering strategic advice, pre-registration searches, registrations and renewals, oppositions and dispute resolution. We handle work throughout the world, working with local colleagues in over 100 countries.


Our attorneys specialise in one or more sectors of industry, which enables them to provide quality advice with a commercial focus.

Our patent specialists have detailed understanding of the background technology, which ensures that your patent applications are prepared with the correct scope, reducing the likelihood of challenges from third parties and objections from the patent office.

They also advise whether other forms of protection would be more appropriate. Our brand specialists work with brand managers for leading brands and their advice is commercially focussed making sure that you get the best value from your budget.

30th Nov 2012

Leahy-Smith AIA – a one way street?

The America Invents Act (AIA) was signed on 8th September 2011, and the new US first-to-file patent system will come into force on 16th March 2013. Although some of the detailed rules implementing the system have yet to be agreed, the core changes to the US patent system have already been finalised and will affect […]

26th Nov 2012

An attorney’s perspective on EPO policy

Several years ago when I was sitting my European Qualifying Examinations I had to deal with a particularly nasty unsearched subject matter objection. There was a certain irony: if I am not allowed to amend based on the description why am I being made to prepare for and sit an examination testing my ability to […]

12th Nov 2012

Bad Apple?

We reported in a previous news item the Court of Appeal’s decision in the long running saga of Apple v Samsung and the United Kingdom Patent County Court’s decision on infringement of Apple’s Community Registered Design. We, amongst most of the IP community thought that this was an end to the matter. This turned out […]

7th Nov 2012

Is your claim to priority valid?

At the European Patent Office, the test for determining whether a claim of a European patent application is entitled to priority from an earlier patent application is set out in the Enlarged Board of Appeal Decision G2/98. For priority to exist, the subject-matter of the claim must be directly and unambiguously derivable by the skilled […]

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